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First published in 1883, this travel memoir describes the journey into West Africa undertaken by explorers Richard Burton (1821-90) and Verney Lovett Cameron (1844-94) in 1881. The mission for the two men was to assess the mining potential of the west coast, first observed by Burton in a publication that had appeared twenty years earlier. The first few chapters of Volume 1 cover the journey from Trieste to Lisbon, Madeira and Tenerife and on to Africa during the winter of 1881, including descriptions of Mount Atlas and the Canary Islands. Volume 2 describes the journey to Axim and back. The expedition was cut short by the Foreign Office, who feared for the safety of the two explorers. Burton returned to Europe with a large collection of plant and animal specimens, and the pair sent 151 plant species, lists of which are included in the appendices, to Kew Gardens.
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Volume 1: Preface; 1. Preliminary: Trieste to Lisbon; 2. From Lisbon to Madeira; 3. A fortnight at Madeira; 4. Madeira (continued) - Christmas - small industries - wine - Tenerife; 5. To Tenerife, La Laguna, and Orotava; 6. The routine ascent of Mount Atlas, the 'Pike' of Tenerife; 7. The Spanish ascent of the repulse of Nelson from Santa Cruz de Tenerife; 8. To Grand Canary - Las Palmas, the capital; 9. The Cochineal - The 'Gallo' - Canary 'Sack' - Adieu to the Canaries; 10. The ruined river-port and the tattered flag; 11. Sierra Leone: the change for the better. Volume 2: 12. The Sa Leonite at home and abroad; 13. From Sa Leonite to Cape Palmas; 14. From Cape Palmas to Axim; 15. Axim, the gold port of the past and the future; 16. Gold about Axim, especially at the Apatim or Bujia concession; 17. The return-visit to King Blay; Atabo and Bein; 18. The Izrah mine - the Inyoko concession - the return to Axim; 19. To Prince's River and back; 20. From Axim to Ingotro and Akankon; 21. To Tumento, the 'Great Central Depot'; 22. To Insimankao and the Butabue Rapids; 23. To Effuenta, Crockerville, and the Aji Bipa Hill; 24. To the mines of Abosu, of the 'Gold Coast', and of the Takwa ('African Gold Coast') Companies; 25. Return to Axim and departure for Europe; Conclusion; Appendix; List of birds collected by Captain Burton and Commander Cameron; List of plants collected on the Gold Coast by Captain Burton and Commander Cameron, R. N.; Index.

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